Dialogue initiated with the Taliban for an inclusive government in Afghanistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he had “engaged in dialogue” with the Taliban for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. He lobbied for the inclusion of Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks in the new government.
It comes a day after SCO members demanded representation for all ethnic, religious and political groups in the new dispensation.
After coming to power in Afghanistan on August 15, the Taliban promised an inclusive government, however, there are no Hazara members and no women in the 33-member interim cabinet.
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Speaking to Twitter, Imran Khan said: “After meetings (meetings) in Dushanbe with the leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbors and in particular a long discussion with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, I entered into a dialogue with the Taliban for an inclusive Afghan government including the Tajiks, Hazaras & Uzbeks ”.
However, details of the “dialogue” were not shared by him or other officials.
“After 40 years of conflict, this inclusiveness will ensure peace and a stable Afghanistan, which is in the interest not only of Afghanistan but also of the region,” Imran Khan added in another tweet.
Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on Friday, he said: “The Taliban must keep the commitments made, especially for an inclusive political structure where all ethnic groups are represented. It is vital for the stability of Afghanistan “.
Imran Khan said it was also important to ensure respect for rights while ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a haven for terrorists.
SCO leaders, in a joint statement released at the end of the bloc’s annual summit in Tajikistan on Friday, expressed support for an independent, democratic and peaceful Afghanistan free from terrorism, war and drugs.
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“Member states believe that it is essential to have an inclusive government in Afghanistan, with representatives of all ethnic, religious and political groups in Afghan society,” said the joint statement, apparently referring to the interim government of Afghanistan. Taliban which is dominated by high-profile members of the insurgent group, including at least 14 members on the UN Security Council’s blacklist on terrorism.
The Taliban’s interim government has failed to gain recognition from the world.
Pakistan is believed to have influence over the Taliban and played a key role in their peace talks with the United States that culminated in the 2020 Doha deal.
On September 4, Pakistani intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed rushed to Kabul as the Taliban struggled to finalize and install an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
A delegation of senior Pakistani officials led by the director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lieutenant-General Hameed, held discussions with the Taliban leadership.
Pakistan has often been accused by the former Afghan government led by President Ashraf Ghani of providing military aid to the Taliban, a charge Islamabad denied.
The ISI chief’s trip was the first high-level visit by a Pakistani official since the Taliban took control of Kabul, which surprised both enemies and friends.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the complete withdrawal of US troops on August 31 after a costly two-decade war. This forced Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country to the United Arab Emirates.
Taliban insurgents invaded Afghanistan and captured all major cities within days, as Afghan security forces trained and equipped by the United States and its allies melted away.
Thousands of Afghan nationals and foreigners have fled the country to escape the new Taliban regime and seek asylum in various countries, including the United States and many European countries, resulting in utter chaos and deaths.